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The Trussell Trust, released figures stating that over 1,109,309 3-day food parcels were distributed across the UK during 2015-2016.

The Trussell Trust, released figures stating that over 1,109,309 3-day food parcels were distributed across the UK during 2015-2016. That’s an increase of over 24,000 on the previous year. This all-time high number of people requiring support, made it clear that we needed to be doing something in the local community to help with food poverty.

Who is using the foodbanks?
The reasons for people needing their services can range from redundancy to receiving unexpected bills, struggling with insecure work, low wages and high living costs. In fact during 2014-2015 the proportion of low-income referrals reached 22%. Benefit changes and delays have also caused a rise in the number of people needing a helping hand.

What is the need in our region?
In 2015-2016, the Trussell Trust recorded over 102,873 food parcels being issued across in the East of England. This included food for over 39,000 children.

Where can I make a donation?
We have food bank collection points in every one of our food stores and supermarkets, collecting items for 23 Trussell Trust and independent foodbanks in local towns and villages.

What items to donate
Foodbanks typically provide a minimum of three days of emergency food and support – and we’re dedicated to ensuring they have enough food available to continue to provide their valuable service.

Here are some items your local food bank needs:

  • Tinned ready meals, vegetables, fruit and puddings
  • Pasta, rice and noodles
  • UHT milk, long life juice, tea and coffee
  • Cereal, jam and marmalade
  • Biscuits, crisps and treats
  • Baby products – milk, nappies, wipes
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products